The National Emergency Management Agency has released the casualty figure in bomb attack on a mosque in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.
Sani Datti, a spokesperson for the agency,
revealed that 27 people were killed, 96 were
injured and evacuated to the Federal Medical
Centre in Yola and the Specialist Hospital Jimeta.
Few hours after suicide bomber struck at a
mosque in Maiduguri , another bombing was
reported in a mosque in Jimeta area of Yola the
Adamawa state capital.
The explosion happened as worshippers were
observing the weekly Jumaat service.
“They planted the bomb
inside the mosque and
many lives were lost in the
attack, because of the
number of worshipers
there,” the source said.
Sani Dati, spokesperson of the Adamawa state
emergency management agency, told The Cable
that he was unaware of the attack but pledged to
“Yola or Maiduguri? I am
not aware of any attack
in Yola, let me make some
calls and get back to
you,” he said.
More that 17 people have been confirmed dead
and 73 others injured. Many of the Muslim
faithfuls were leaving the mosque just after their
Friday prayers when the incident occured.
One volunteer at the Jambutu Juma’at mosque,
who assisted in the rescue effort, said: “This
mosque was nearly built
and this was the first
prayers in it.
“While worshippers had
risen for the prayers to
start after the sermon by
the imam, there was a
huge blast in the premises.
“There was confusion and
dozens of worshippers lay
on the ground in blood.
We are still sifting through
the victims to separate the
dead from the injured.
“We’re talking of scores of
people dead and injured.”
Another rescuer, who asked not to be named,
said: “ It’s bad. The casualties
are definitely going to be huge.
“The explosion happened
in the midst of a large
worshippers. We still don’t
have a definite toll but
certainly the toll will be
Nigerians immediately reacted on Twitter,
attacking President Muhammadu Buhari, who
promised to end the deadly insurgency.
First, Maidugri Now Yola. Do we really
have a government?
— Ebube 5% (@akaebube) October 23, 2015
Buhari: One bomb too many…. An article
somebody must work on…. https://t.co/
— Kúfré (@Koophreh) October 23, 2015
Another Bomb blast in Yola. Making it 2
bomb blasts today. We have never had it so
— AYOKUNLE Odekunle (@Oddy4real)
October 23, 2015
The Yola attack occurred hours after a similar
explosion happened in a mosque in Maiduguri,
the Borno state capital.
Haram Suicide Mission
More than 28 people killed and many others
injured in the deadly onslaught.
No group has claimed responsibility for both
attacks. However, a terrorist sect Boko Haram,
has carried out similar attacks in the past.
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